About Freediving

Most divers and swimmers will have practiced Freediving at some time. Everytime you go underwater whilst holding your breath, you are freediving. There are many different reasons why people freedive. For some, it is the freedom to explore the underwater realm without bulky scuba equipment. For others, it is exploring their potential for breathold (apnea) and depth. Whatever the reason, it is important that freedivers understand the risks and take appropriate steps to reduce those risks. This is one of the main reasons why the British Freediving Association exists - to promote safe freediving.

Dive Safe

Failing to freedive safely can have serious consequences, including permanent injury and death. We strongly urge anyone interested in freediving to undertake a course with a qualified instructor. By doing this you will learn to freedive safely. Never freedive alone or without experienced safety cover. A lifeguard by the side of the pool or an inexperienced friend is not safety cover.


Due to the risks involved, we recommend that children and minors (aged under 18) who wish to start on the ladder towards becoming freedivers,

Contact the BSAC Snorkelling Club, or PADI Discover Snorkelling.


Freediving is a potentially dangerous activity. This website exists only to provide general information about freediving and does not constitute any form of instruction. Individuals interested in freediving are strongly encouraged to undertake a course with a qualified instructor and to never freedive alone. The BFA accepts no liability for injury or death resulting from the use of information on this website.